Thursday, April 14, 2011

All Classes

I am away for the rest of the week with the rugby team; I'm sorry there were no posts for Wednesday - I was very short on time finishing my report cards, organizing a game with Chatelech for next week, planning for my TOC and watching the first game of the playoffs!

En 11 - come to class next week with Chapter One of the novel read and questions answered.
En 12 - complete the soliloquy PPT and do the Hamlet vocab activity.
Hist 12 - complete your own "New Deal" program (on PPT or poster).
SS 11 - complete the 1920s chapter questions AND workbook exercise sheets.

Have a nice weekend.

(PPT = PowerPoint)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

SS 11: Monday, 11 April

Today we watched two segments of the People's History series: one about the Winnipeg General Strike and one about the farmers and their politicization.  We had short discussions on each and students shared the key points they remembered.

Next we identified the difference between primary, secondary, and tertiary industry.  We also looked at the shift in Canada's trade patterns and noted that at the end of the First World War 60% of our trade was with the UK and 40% was with the USA.  By the end of the 1920s that pattern was reversed,  We discussed why, and noted the role tariffs and branch plants played.

I issued Ex #7 (on the changing roles of women); please complete it for homework.

I also assigned quesions 41-55 from the textbook chapter questions.  We'll debrief the questions next class, please ensure they are completed.

Eng 11-2

Today, we decided to choose our own inquiry question from the list that was developed last class.  I thought students would appreciate a bit of autonomy and find it easier to complete the inquiry using a question that they felt more connected to.  I asked people to copy down their question on the front of their yellow study packages.

Next, we had a discussion based on a survival scenario.  People had some good ideas and were able to use logic (sometimes questioned) to decide on what they thought would be most important in a tropical survival scenario.

Please read the introduction pages to the study guide AND the British Public School handout for homework.

If you're leaving on a trip, this is what's on the menu:
Thursday: read Chapter One and answer the guide questions.
Tuesday: read Chapter Two and Three and answer the guide questions.

I strongly suggest you always put the page number where you found the answer next to each study guide question - this will help you track down quotations later for writing assignments.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Eng 12: Monday 11 April

Today we reviewed scene 1 and read and discussed scene 2.  I thought those who read did quite well - remember that we all benefit from readers practicing their lines before class so that we gat as polished a performance as is reasonable - I hope the readings get more and more polished.

Next, we answered the scene 1-2 questions in the buff-coloured study guide.  I strongly suggest you note the approximate line numbers for each answer you find.

Please read the next two scenes for homework.  I'll discuss scene three, but you won't do the writing assignment for it until Thursday, when I'm away for rugby.

Hist 12: Monday, 11 April

Today, we used the event cards of Hilter's ascention to power as a review and evaluation of your learning to-date.  You were able to speak to each of the events in terms of what/so-what and also cause and effect.  Remember the "signpost" events: they will act as your focus cues in the future.  Note how important economic factors were in this story.  Also, as always, we saw how the newness of democracy was an inherent weakness in the situation.

Next, we looked at some reasons that Hitler rose to power: some were his strengths, some were the weaknesses of others.

This concludes our study of Germany, for now.  Tomorrow, we'll discuss DeMarco, Chapter 9 (USA).  Boys please have notes to address the answers for the EVEN questions and girls prepare to speak to the ODDS.